Friday 23 June 2017

Shore putting nightmare ban behind him

Andrew Shore: 'All I wanted was to get back training with the lads. I was training on my own and trying to do it all on my own and that was tough'
Andrew Shore: 'All I wanted was to get back training with the lads. I was training on my own and trying to do it all on my own and that was tough'
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Wexford's Andrew Shore is relishing the start of the championship, having endured a nightmare start to the year.

An error in his transfer from the Parnells club in Dublin to Roger Casements in Coventry meant he wasn't eligible to play for his new side when he lined out in a tournament. Shore was subsequently hit with a 48-week ban that looked set to rule him out of action for all of 2015.

The Wexford man was finally granted leniency when the GAA's reinstatement committee stepped in, meaning he was free to play after Congress.

"Of course I was worried," he admitted. "But I was also hopeful. All I wanted was to get back training with the lads. I was training on my own and trying to do it all on my own and that was tough.

"So I was just happy to get it sorted and get back in there. I managed to get back into the team and now I'm just going to get my head down and get stuck in for the Championship."

Shore's Wexford side face the runners-up from the round robin series on June 7 and after a summer that saw them dethrone reigning All-Ireland champions Clare and also see off Waterford, he's hopeful they can build on that progress.

"We're a young team still," he said at the launch of the 2015 Leinster championships in Farmleigh House, Dublin. "A few lads have come in now from the U-21s who will definitely help.

"We can improve our focus and concentration and have zoned in on that.

"If we can improve that then it will give us an extra five or 10pc and we'll be able to push on further than we did last year."

Irish Independent

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